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911—Underground Overtime Night Workers (Acrostic)

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911—Underground Overtime Night Workers (Acrostic)

Nine Eleven—a dark day lives of many workers were stolen away
Individuals worked all night; stayed; without seeing the light of day
Nose to the grindstone below floor level they labored productively
Effectively moving papers, stacks, racks, speedily and so selectively

Encouraged basement overtime; more taxes paid; they worked away
Loyal workers; dedicated to the cause; laziness to them—not a gift!
Earnestly they called home to say, “Honey I am working another shift”
Encouraged by those who stayed; coffee and donuts— no need to pay
Encroachment above they never did see as terror stuck during the day
Night’s darkness envelope the light; underground darkness of the night

© Joseph Spence, Sr., 8/27/09
© All Rights Reserved


Joseph S. Spence, Sr., is the author of "The Awakened One Poetics" (2009), which is 
published in seven different languages. He invented the Epulaeryu poetry form, which 
focuses on succulent cuisines and drinks. He is published in various forums, including the 
World Haiku Association; Poetinis Druskininku, Milwaukee Area College, Phoenix Magazine; 
Möbius Poetry, and Taj Mahal Review to name a few. Joseph is a Goodwill Ambassador for 
the state of Arkansas, USA, a college faculty, and a military veteran.

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  1. Date: 6/15/2011 8:00:00 PM
    spooky stuff. i believe many people who were working at the site have developed serious breathing probs/diseases as well. is this true? very cool story. ~JSLambert Esquire

  1. Date: 5/29/2010 1:11:00 AM
    I love this esp the last line Nights darkest envelope the light ,underground darkness of the night that inspires me lovelly sarah x

  1. Date: 5/25/2010 9:21:00 AM

  1. Date: 5/24/2010 12:31:00 PM
    Mr. Spence what a touching poem you wrote about people who sacrificed their own lives to clean up a horrible mess. Such a tasteful and honorable write about our heroes. Thank you for your comment on my poem too. Haven't discovered how to reply to comments yet.

  1. Date: 3/30/2010 1:00:00 PM
    Another aspect of the tragic day , those night workers. Thanks for the read! LUv, andrea

  1. Date: 1/1/2010 8:03:00 AM
    hey brother you spelled eleven wrong here you have 1 to many e's lol still a great write you rock my friend happy new years too huggers from me and jenny

  1. Date: 11/1/2009 3:32:00 PM
    Excellent write here, Joseph and quite a bio also ... smile ... thanks for bringing your writing to the Soup!

  1. Date: 10/29/2009 5:43:00 AM
    Very well written Joseph! Transports me right from here,to those ill fated towers.Painful images so hard to erase,the spoils of terrorism the worlds impotent disgrace.God Bless.PRINCE

  1. Date: 10/9/2009 2:02:00 PM
    excellent write! Light & Love

  1. Date: 9/21/2009 5:41:00 PM
    i had a friend who lost someone in 9-11 rest in peace.

  1. Date: 9/8/2009 5:39:00 PM
    You really brought back the spirit of camaraderie those workers had that awful day. It's amazing how people pulled together to save those who could be saved and mourn those who were lost, including my college debate partner. He was a lawyer working for CNA Insurance. I believe they losst 400 that day. Incredible poem and awesome credentials, Joseph. Thank you for sharing this with us. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 9/6/2009 8:58:00 AM
    Joseph - A wonderful tribute - And a new book I see - excellent I'll have to order a copy to go with my others - God Bless you my friend, mj

  1. Date: 9/6/2009 6:51:00 AM
    I love reading your work Joseph and I do appreciate your comments. I have not written anything recently, been distracted ....

  1. Date: 9/6/2009 5:30:00 AM
    Joesph wonderful memorial in their honour .. kind regards and thank you for your wonderful comments on my poem :) Jayne x x